In the months leading up to Amir Khan’s fight with Zab Judah, Freddie Roach confidently predicted his fighter’s chances of winning to be 100% and went so far as to claim that Khan could take out anyone at 140 pounds, including Timothy Bradley. “He is explosive, he comes to fight, and his conditioning will be 110%” against Judah, said Roach. He went on to predict that Khan’s speed and jab would pose problems for the veteran southpaw and gave every indication that the fight plan he and Khan had crafted would result in a stoppage well within the distance. In case you weren’t listening before, now would be a good time to start paying closer attention to what this mad scientist with punch mitts has to say.
From the opening bell, Amir Khan looked very sharp, landing well with the jab, and raking Judah over with precise combinations to the head and body. As the fight wore on, Judah looked every bit his 33 years of age, as the difference in hand speed and offensive productivity noticeably favored the younger fighter. In the fifth round, Khan sent Judah to the canvas with a punch that appeared to land cleanly at the belt level, despite Judah’s contention that the punch strayed too far south. Judah then proceeded to take the full ten count, from referee Vic Draculich, just as the fifth round concluded, and the fight ended on a rather unfulfilling and controversial note. In the end, however, it appeared that a victory for Khan was inevitable as he thoroughly dominated the action, out landing Judah by a margin of 61 to 20 in punches landed and bloodying and battering the former champion all the way up until the bouts conclusion.
With the win, Khan claimed the IBF version of the junior welterweight title, he improved to 26-1 with 18 knockouts, and he established himself as the preeminent challenger for Timothy Bradley’s number one ranking in the division. Judah, on the other hand, fell to 41-7 with 28 knockouts, and witnessed firsthand, the nightmare that is Freddie.